Practitioners from the Ministry of Interior of Serbia enhanced their knowledge on the physical security and stockpile management of small arms and light weapons and their ammunition

Šabac, Serbia, 14 September 2018

Practitioners from the Ministry of Interior of Serbia enhanced their knowledge of the physical security and stockpile management of small arms and light weapons and their ammunition in a training course funded by the United States Department of State and organized by UNDP SEESAC.

Today, 24 experts from the Ministry of Interior (MoI) of Serbia completed a week-long Advanced National Course on Physical Security and Stockpile Management (PSSM) of Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) and their Ammunition. The course was funded by the United States Government and organized by UNDP SEESAC. The main objective of the course was to enhance the capacities of the personnel tasked with planning, managing, and safeguarding stockpiles of SALW and their ammunition.

Course finalization certificates were presented by Mr. Branko Živanović, Assistant Head of the Sector for material and financial resources; Mr. Miloš Karadžić, Head of Unit for stockpile affairs and control of property movement at the Ministry of Interior of Serbia; Mr. Kurt Donnelly, Deputy Chief of Mission of the United States Embassy in Serbia; and Ms. Steliana Nedera, UNDP Deputy Resident Representative.

Key quotes:

Mr. Branko Živanović - Assistant Head of the Sector for material and financial resources of the MoI of Serbia:

  • "Beyond the importance of the security infrastructure upgrade we successfully completed in Platicevo, or even this major refurbishment that we just launched in Avala, training our people on how to implement the international criteria gives us a possibility to keep the pace with the latest standards  hence increasing safety and security for our citizens.”

Mr. Kurt Donnelly - Deputy Chief of Mission of the United States Embassy to Serbia:

  • “The United States Government has donated more than 20 million dollars to stockpile security and to remove the danger of the remnants of war.  In addition to our contributions to Physical Security and Stockpile Management, the United States and Serbia have worked to clear more than 7 million square meters of land from landmines, IEDs, and unexploded ordnance…Together, the United States and Serbia will continue to build the foundation of physical security, on which development and prosperity can flourish.”

Ms. Steliana Nedera - UNDP Deputy Resident Representative:

  • “Agenda 2030 is the global commitment aimed at transforming our world. Significantly reducing the illicit arms flow is part of this global agenda. UNDP stands ready to further support the Government of Serbia in this important work that you are performing every day for this society, country and region.”

 

This advanced national course on PSSM of SALW and their ammunition is part of the activities of the UNDP SEESAC Project for the enhancement of security and safety of one more SALW storage location of the Ministry of Interior of Serbia, in accordance with international standards and best practices. The just initiated upgrades will serve to enhance the security of the SALW stored by the Ministry, leading to more efficient management of stockpiles and contributing to a holistic approach to SALW control.

 

Background information:

To contribute to regional security and safety, UNDP SEESAC in partnership with the United States is working with authorities in South East Europe to improve the security of SALW and ammunition storage facilities. While this includes visible, physical security upgrades like video surveillance systems and security doors, less visible but equally important is training the people who manage the stockpiles. For this reason, UNDP SEESAC takes a people-centred approach to stockpile security by regularly holding PSSM training at regional and national levels.

This advanced national course on PSSM of SALW is a contribution to achievement of Sustainable Development Goal 16, which aims to significantly reduce all forms of violence, and work with governments and communities to find lasting solutions to conflict and insecurity and it is in line with the latest developed on SALW Control in the Western Balkans: Roadmap for a sustainable solution to the illegal possession, misuse and trafficking of SALW and their ammunition in the Western Balkans by 2024.

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